On the March 11 The Daily Show, Jon Stewart weighed in on several topics related to the now infamous Oklahoma University fraternity video. Of course he hits the nail on the head, as only he can.
After reviewing what took place, Stewart plays a clip of Oklahoma football player, Eric Striker, who condemned the fraternity’s video in a profanity filled rant for which he later apologized. “I forgot to mention,” Stewart says, “the first one to apologize for this entire incident wasn’t the bus full of racist chanters, but the guy who made the mistake of swearing when he reacted to the bus full of racists.”
Stewart goes on to note that two SAE members were expelled for the racist display, and the fraternity’s house on the Oklahoma campus has been closed. “I mean, there’s no excuse for it [the racist video], or so you would think,” he says. Then he rolls a clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, in which host Joe Scarborough, and others, lay the blame at the feet of what they think is the real culprit: rap music.
“The kids that are buying hip hop. . . It’s a white audience, and they hear this over and over again,” Scarborough says.
Guest William Kristol agrees, saying that people are surprised that “some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they’ve been hearing.”
Stewart fires back:
The kids on that bus weren’t repeating a rap song that they had heard. They were gleefully performing one of their fraternity’s old, let’s call them ‘anti-Negro spirituals.’ Featuring a word that pre-dates rap. And folk. And thought. Black rappers did not introduce that word into the vernacular.
Here is Jon Stewart’s commentary on the SAE video, the media reaction to it, and the state of American racism in general, from the March 11 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
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